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NBA Fantasy: Dirk Nowitzki, Derrick Rose, Aaron Brooks

The Dirk Nowitzki method for working your way back slowly.

Line of the Night:Jose Calderon (2.34) came oh-so-close to a triple-double against the Wizards with 21 points, 9 boards and 15 assists. He got plenty of opportunity to play with Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) and Jerryd Bayless (ankle) out with injuries. That means Sundiata Gaines is currently the team’s backup PG, which also means the team is leaning heavily on Calderon right now,

Honorable Mentions: Derrick Rose (2.25) led the Bulls to a win over the Heat with 34 points, 8 assists and 3 blocks. LeBron missed his second game in a row with a sore ankle, so just like old times the Heat were led by Dwyane Wade (1.92), who scored 33 points (on 4-7 from three) and blocked 5 shots

Al Horford (1.90) had a huge game against the Rockets’ big man tandem of Chuck Hayes and Jordan Hill – scoring 24 points, with 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Aaron Brooks (1.67) didn’t start in that game, but was hyper productive as he scored 24 points and dished out 10 assists in only 28 minutes. Brooks’ main competition in Kyle Lowry (0.54) was much more subdued in the start – going for 16 points and 4 assists in 33 minutes.

Zach Randolph (1.04) had his fourth 20-20 game this season, finishing with 23 and 20 against the Mavs.

A huge game from Tyreke Evans (1.69) in a loss to the Pistons. Evans scored 25 points, adding 11 assists and 3 steals while playing a team high 42 minutes. He didn’t get a ton of help from his teammates in the game, but more on that below.


Waiver Wire Line of the Night: I love it when a plan comes together and makes it look like I know what I’m talking about. Ryan Anderson (1.67) was my waiver wire recommendation on the podcast yesterday (recorded before the Orlando/Minnesota game) and then he immediately had a huge game off the bench the Magic with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 3 threes and 2 steals. Once again, Anderson got more minutes off the bench (29) than Brandon Bass did in the start (25). As I said on the podcast, Anderson’s minutes will be limited as long as he’s splitting time with Bass, but he can be the poor man’s Troy Murphy and put up some nice point/rebounding/block numbers in the minutes he’ll get.

Now If Troy Murphy could only be the poor man’s Troy Murphy this year…

When Nick Young’s (1.52) shot is falling, he looks like the league’s next great player. Against the Raptors, Young shot 10-19 from the field on his way to 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in 41 minutes. Unfortunately, he’s been alternating these types of games with ones where he’ll shoot 5-14 or 6-15 from the field. As long as you are prepared for rollercoaster type ride, Young is worth adding in deepish leagues.

In his fourth game after being inserted back into the starting lineup, Corey Brewer (1.26) scored 23 points and had 5 steals in 34 minutes. Brewer will kill you in the FG% department, but is worth a look in deeper leagues simply because he’s averaging over 3 steals a game over those last 4 games.

Mo Williams left the Cavs game after 5 minutes with a strained hip flexor. Ramon Sessions (0.99) filled in for him and finished with a team high 21 points and 9 assists off the bench. Mo Williams seems to be in a bad place right now physically, emotionally and probably every other –ly, so it is a good idea to grab Sessions in anticipation that Williams misses a good chunk of time.

Just don’t pick him up if Nels does…

Biggest Loser: We don’t expect Francisco Garcia (-1.23) to be an offensive juggernaut, but we do expect him to be at least competent on that end of the court. He did not fulfill those meager expectations yesterday against the Pistons, shooting 2-10 from the floor on his way to 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist.

DeMar DeRozan (-1.04) had a nice string of games in early January where he was scoring 20+ points, but his shot has faltered lately. DeRozan was 3-11 from the field against the Wizards, scoring 7 points, with 2 assists in the start. It was his second time in three games that he scored less than 10 points. Still, with all the Raptors’ injuries right now, there should be some big minutes ahead for DeRozan.


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